The newer Rega Brio is an improvement on its already fantastic predecessor the Rega Brio-R. These improvements include an even more precise sound that maintains a certain subtlety and engagement for the listener, an upgraded appearance, and redesigned features. All of these changes make it worth the upgrade if you already own an older Rega amp or are in the market for the best stereo integrated amplifier.
The design of the new Rega Brio seems to be a bit of a throwback to the models of the ’90s with a front panel that is swooped much like those older models were. The front of the unit is simple and has the headphone output, volume knob, the on/off button, and LED markers for the input selection.
It is about 5 kg and is sturdy with its 2 part aluminum casing. The signal path is incredibly clear and silent with the circuitry upgrades from the previous model leading to a more pleasing overall quality.
There are 2 power supplies in the Rega Brio. The smaller of the two for the phone stage and the preamp. The larger power supply is for the power amplification section.
It is hard to fault the sound from the Rega Brio it has an awesome sense fo agility and timing coupled with some truly punchy dynamics. You won’t miss out on any small details in your listening when using this amplifier either.
This under $1000 integrated amplifier is more forgiving with pairing than its predecessors. This is due to its heartier sound meaning the treble is less overpowering and more balanced when paired with speakers that have a particular sonic signature.
Specs & Features
RMS Power: 50W @8ohms Inputs: 4x Line level RCA, 1x MM phono Outputs: 1×6.3mm headphone,1x record out, 1x speaker terminal set Remote control: Yes Dimensions (hwd): 8 x 22 x 35cm Weight: 5kg
There are definitely enough inputs in the Raga Brio but they are all analog so you may need to check you have the right connections for the hi-fi equipment that you plan to pair with it.
Cambridge CXA60 vs Rega Brio
Both of these amplifiers provide a high-quality sound and have great build quality but look very different so you may find one to suit your decor more than the other. The Rega Brio may just pinch it in terms of sound but the Cambridge unit has many more input types including options for digital use including optical and coaxial. The CXA60 also has the option to add-on Bluetooth.
Rega Brio vs Cyrus One
These are similarly sized and shaped units and both only use analog inputs the Cyrus one does have an extra set of speaker terminals for switching which is lacking in the Brio.
You can find a video review of this integrated amplifier here.